Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Amtrak, denver, DIA, eye hole, infill, JG Johnson, light rail, pie hole, Skidmore, Sky Hole, Tryba, Union Depot, Union Station, urban development
Can’t wait to check out the Sky Hole. And finally, in 2016, about 25 years after the airport was built on the Eastern plains, there will be a rail line connecting it to Denver.
Used to always be known as “Union Depot” according to one historian. The 1914 building replaced an equally grand predecessor.
Today, Union Station, in the city’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, is on the cusp of a major transformation. The Beaux Arts–style depot, built in 1914, is being restored and converted—by Denver firms Tryba Architects and JG Johnson Architects—into a 112-room boutique hotel with shops, offices, and restaurants, opening in July. Meanwhile, in the rail yard behind the station, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has created a multimodal transit hub for buses, light rail, commuter rail, and Amtrak service. The $500 million public-private project is a milestone for sprawling Denver, which has embraced transit in a big way. The metropolitan area’s first light-rail line opened in 1994, and 10 years later, voters approved a $6.5 billion transit program for an additional 122 miles of commuter and light rail. Starting in 2016, Union Station will be the hub for four new commuter lines, including one to Denver International Airport. That “Travel by Train” sign suddenly seems relevant again.
Filed under: maps | Tags: beats, Dean Moriarty, denver, Five Points, Ginsberg, hitchhiking, Jazz, Kerouac, Neal Cassidy, on the road
…before he went back to Denver to steal cars with Neal Cassidy.
Filed under: Bike of the Day | Tags: Broncos, denver, gambling, Mayor Hancock, Rodriguez, Seahawks, Seattle
Won it in a bet with Denver’s Mayor Hancock.
— Brock Howell (@BrockRides) February 3, 2014
All mayors are doped.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: denver, metered parking, parking, photography, transportation
Just a photo.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling infrastructure, Boettcher Mansion, denver, hit and run, local government, traffic accidents, urban cycling, vulnerable road users
Not yet sure what that means. Could be good or bad, probably a combination of good and bad.
Denver City Council met for several hours Friday morning at the scenic Boettcher Mansion atop Lookout Mountain, agreeing that pedestrian and bicycle safety should be among the city’s the top budget priorities for 2014.
Recent high-profile hit-and-run crashes that have killed pedestrians and increasing interest in creating a more walkable and bike-able Denver prompted the council to order the budget office focus on improving the city’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: auto traffic, auto-pedestrian, bicycle, bicycling, bike, car-pedestrian, collisions, denver, Denver-Boulder, hit and run, traffic accidents, transportation, urban cycling
Denver’s traffic not following national trends.
Denver’s auto-pedestrian accidents were up 46 percent for the first eight weeks of 2013 over the previous two years. Another grim statistic also stands out: Last year, the city had 13 hit-and-run fatalities, more than the previous three years combined.
After two years of averaging about 31 auto-pedestrian incidents a month, the average jumped to 44 a month in January and February, according to Denver police statistics.
Hit-and-run cases averaged 8.5 a month in January and February — after 4.8 per month in 2011 and 6.1 in 2012.
Over the past decade, about 1,600 accidents involving pedestrians or cyclists were reported every year, according to a study by the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
In the 10-county region, 17 percent of all fatalities were pedestrians, and 3 percent were cyclists.
These “jumps” are based on a mere two months’ of accidents. Gotta keep an eye out to see if it continues.